Brenda Conlon with the safety compliance literature she received in the post.
Brenda Conlon with the safety compliance literature she received in the post. Bruce Thomas

Work safety info not compulsory

COFFS HARBOUR businesswoman Brenda Conlon says her Scottish heritage means she doesn’t part with money unnecessarily.

Which is why she bucked at forking out $65.95 for safety compliance information she was told was compulsory to display in her dog-grooming salon.

She said a woman from a Sydney company rang her about safety compliance literature and Mrs Conlon claims the woman told her it was now compulsory for this information to be displayed at her workplace.

Two weeks later the literature arrived by post and included a CPR chart, a workplace fire escape plan and information on sprains and strains, sun protection, eye injuries, burns, wounds and bleeding, safety equipment locations and emergency procedures.

It also included a tax invoice for $65.95, which she won’t be paying because she won’t be using the literature.

Mrs Conlon contacted the local WorkCover office and a representative told her it was not compulsory for her to display this information at her salon.

“I was told if anything was compulsory, WorkCover would provide it free of charge and that this information had nothing do with WorkCover,” Mrs Conlon said.

“I don’t want people getting ripped off or fooled into paying for it when it is not a compulsory thing.

“It has nothing do with WorkCover. Can you imagine how many people would spend their money buying this stuff.”

A spokesman for the company involved said the firm provided information on safety in the workplace but it wasn’t compulsory for customers to buy it. “We don’t demand payment over the phone and we don’t use the word compulsory,” the spokesman said.



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